NY dismisses Belleayre Mountain Ski Center chief Tony Lanza
HIGHMOUNT, N.Y. — Tony Lanza was dismissed on Tuesday as superintendent of the Belleayre Mountain Ski Center, according to the state agency that runs the site.
“Mr. Lanza was dismissed today,” state Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Lisa King said in an email Tuesday afternoon. “DEC is in possession of information that warrants Mr. Lanza’s dismissal. As this is a personnel matter, we cannot provide more information.”
Details of the information that led to Lanza’s dismissal could not immediately be learned, and Lanza could not be reached for comment.
Lanza was hired at Belleayre, which is in the Ulster County town of Shandaken, in 1999 as assistant superintendent and director of skier services. He became superintendent in late 2001 following the retirement of Superintendent Dick Clark.
Belleayre is owned and operated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation but is expected to be taken over by the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which runs ski centers in the Adirondacks.
The takeover by the authority was cast into doubt earlier this year when the state Assembly adopted a 2012-13 budget that rejected the plan and instead called for Belleayre to remain under state control. But the takeover, proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, ultimately found support in the Republican-controlled state Senate and was included in the final budget deal.
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